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Photigy Showcase #6: Best Photos From Photigy Community Photographers

Best Photos From Our Photigy Community and the Thoughts that Inspired Them 


Issue: February -March, 2015


Every couple of months we are publishing images from our Forum and Facebook Community to show off a great work of our talents and so it could serve as inspiration to others.

Below are some great photos that were shared with us within the last couple of months. We asked each photographer to tell a short story behind the shot. How the image was created. What inspired them to create this shot.

The answers you find will not only surprise you, but we hope they inspire you as well.


Thank You to all who participated and provided insights. Our Community continues to grow and prosper, because of these like minded photographers that are willing to share their processes, insights, and their work. 

Alexandr Vlassyuk

Website: alexandrstudio.com

Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan

The idea for this picture came to me in the kitchen. One weekend a friend of mine began to prepare the dough for a pie and seeing how the egg falls into the flour made want to take a shot of it in the studio .

That’s how I got idea for this picture.

Ferenc Beleznay

Website: www.belez.photo

Location: Sarasota, Florida

This picture is put togather from three different shots, one for the logo, one for the bottle and one for the background to create a boiling heatwave esthetic.

First, the label is back lit by a snoot to get the separation of the paper from the bottle. The edges came out nice like this but the texture of the paper showed through, so I had to composite a front lit label for the interior of it to get the desired effect.

The bottle itself is back lit too combined with a soft box on each side for the highlights. The background is white acrylic, backlit by three strobes with 20 degree honeycomb grids and warm colored gels. The dark bottle in the background was taken with this last set of lights too. After this, I composited the different parts of the image togather based on the feedback and tips of a photographer I admire greatly, Michel Tcherevkoff.

Hassan Dibani

Website:  www.dibani.com

Location: Netherlands

I have been following Alex for a while but haven’t really tried product photography before. I ended up ordering some Plexiglas and as soon as I received it, I decided to shoot my shoes which I already had worn for two days. This means a lot of clean up in Photoshop was needed.

The shoes were set on top of a black sheet of glossy Plexiglas. Two speed-lights at 3 and 8 o’clock were used for separation from the background and a hexagon shaped softbox at 5 o’clock as the key light.

I later changed the background in Photoshop and added the water ripple effect. I received many constructive tips after posting this to the Photigy community and have learned many things I can improve for my next shots.

M√°ty√°s Bauer

Website: www.bmfoto.webnode.hu

Location: Budapest, Hungary


I’m primarily object and still life photographer from Hungary.

I shot the sunglasses for my girlfriend, because she would like to sell it on an advertising site. Lately, I was using only one flash. For this particular picture I used one flash with snoot and tracing paper, through opal (t55%) plexiglass.

I installed the plexiglass 90 degree from my sensor, and I installed the snoot with tracing paper parallel to the plexiglass. The object was placed on black plexiglass.

Camera: Nikon D3100 plus 35-80 f4-5.6 lens.

Flash: Walimex WC400 400Ws flash head.

Retouching: I Removing the dust from plexi, levels, curves, and i added for image a little bit magenta tone.

Ian McGuirk

Location: County Louth, Ireland

This compiled shot was inspired by Alex and Genia’s liquid snail photo.

My heart and arrow are made of colored water to try something along the lines of the snail shot they made. Its a lot of fun because you kinda have no idea what specific shapes you’ll get and therefor not sure what can be created afterwards in photoshop! Its a messy thing to do also.

I came up with the heart and arrow after reviewing my shots I captured.
I used one speed light on 1/8th power which was bouncing into some hanging tracing paper, one wine glass and some colored water.

Put them together in Elements 12 and Lightroom 5.

I had to make the background pure white in LR5 to make it easier for me to use the multiply them in Elements.
Over all its 6 different splashes.

Matt Marsh

Website: www.ichoosesomethingblue.com

Location: Youngsville, NC


I am a wedding photographer with aspirations to enter the product/advertising business.

I was inspired by a feature on photigy and wanted to see if I could produce something similar but different.

I noticed the bottle in Harris Teeter one day and it mentioned being ‚Äúinfused with orange juice‚ÄĚ. ¬†My goal was simply to marry oranges/juice with the product while having some collision of juice which is my interpretation of ‚Äúinfused‚ÄĚ .

Peter M

Location: Los Angeles, California

Little about how the image was created and what inspired me photograph this subject:

The image was created by using the accumulated skills I gathered on the forum.

Well, I enjoy surrounding my habitat with all kinds of musical instruments, makes me feel happy and grounded in a way. When this particular Djembe has arrived, I was looking at its size and shape and the beautiful hand made carvings, I felt like it deserves to be photographed.

I used 2 strip boxes behind the drum and a black background. I added 2 diffuser panels (really just 2 bed sheets pinned to the ceiling hanging down alongside the drum).

Camera left in front of the drum I placed another diffuser panel with another strip box against it which somewhat produced a ‘touch of” gradient or just some illumination on the front without killing the texture of the wood.

I placed the 4th light directly above the drum to highlight it’s top. I used a speed light with 30 degree grid on it.

The 5th light (speed light) I used from underneath the shooting table (camera left, behind drum) back-lighting the rope with a 20 degree grid.

The spot I added in PS.

Dave Tease

Website: www.davetease.com

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Lighting Setup

The setup details are:

Light 1: Einstein Strip box @ 17.4 W/s through Silk Scrim.
Light 2 Einstein on a boom arm with Barn doors almost shut (gap was about 6 mm vertical) and frosted pic Gel #188 (PCB gel) 26.3 W/s.
Light 3 Einstein Strip box @6.2W/s.
Light 4 Canon 580 EX with 1/8 CTO gel, 1/16th power to throw a catchlight along the grain of the wood on the table.
Camera 5D MKIII
Lens TS/E 45 mm
EXP 1/200 sec f/9 ISO 320.

This is one of a selection of bottles for a promotional cook book aimed at Sommeliers and Chefs. The intent is to encourage the Chefs to use Artisan Duck Meat and then have the Sommelier match boutique wine labels with the dishes.

Rui Bandeira

Website: www.imagememarca.com

Location: Porto, Portugal

Hi Photigy readers!

It’s an honor to be published on Photigy, again and I hope my behind the scenes will help inspire you to take my idea and make it better and turn it into your idea.

My name is Rui Bandeira, I’m a photographer from Porto, Portugal. I really love product and commercial photography, but I also love concert photography.

The image today is the one I‚Äôve made from the ‚ÄĚPapo Seco‚ÄĚ bottles.


The complete BTS¬†of creating this shot is published in our¬†Free Courses and Lessons¬†section under ‚ÄúProduct Photography Behind The Scene: The making of ‚ÄĚPapo Seco‚ÄĚ wine‚Äú.

Patrick Khoros

Website: www.patrickkhoros.com

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

I am a liquid/product photographer just starting to build my new portfolio. I am based in Beirut Lebanon.
My inspiration comes from everyday life and how the natural light hits products and trying to recreate the same fresh look in studio.

I look up to a lot of liquid photographers like Bill Cahill and Erik Skaar

The image is a combination of a Belgium beer that my sister friend brought back with her and playing around in the studio with different lighting setups. For this shot i used my Hensel SpeedMax with a snoot as a back light positioned pretty high and tilted down on the product with a strip light on the left and a silver reflector on the right. The bottle is placed on a sheet of reflective black plexi on which i sprayed water mixed with glycerin to mimic the mist.

Jo√£o Guerreiro

Website: www.joaoguerreirophotography.com

Location:¬†Lima, Per√ļ

The idea behind the 9mm shot came to my mind as soon as I saw the product on sale, when I was buying different items for some commercial shots I was doing that day. The presentation of the product immediately got my attention, so I decided to get it and make a portfolio shot.

Since it was the bullet shape of the product that caught my eye, I went for a different approach than we usually have when making commercial pictures, so I focused on creating a conceptual image using splash techniques that would emphasize its design, and not as much the drink itself.

I made the image in two stages, first I made a product shot of the can, using two stripboxes (one for a rim light, and another through a diffuser for a gradient reflection), a small softbox as a fill light and a small white reflector to give it as much volume as possible. Then I did the splash by bursting balloons filled with a mixture of water and food coloring inside a large fish tank.

To be able to capture the action with a short flash duration, I used a Profoto B1 (on freeze mode) and one speedlight.
Finally, as post-production I made the composite of the two images, some clean up and some adjustments of curves and saturation.

If you want to keep in touch you can follow me on facebook or through my website!
Many thanks to Alex and the Photigy team for the opportunity of showcasing this shot and for all the inspiration!

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